Just checked the VicEmergency website and took this screenshot of the wind-direction[s] around Melbourne at the moment:
The little arrows indicate where the wind is coming from, and where it’s going to. The bottom of the picture is ‘south’ so you can see that in the lavender coloured areas down the bottom, wind direction is a steady ‘south easterly’ – i.e. coming from the south and east. In the pale areas, however, the wind is all over the place. Literally.
Why bother with wind direction?
Because you need to know whether a bushfire is being blown towards you or away from you.
To see the wind direction overlay on the VicEmergency map, click the Filter option as shown:
This will open a drop down list. Scroll down the list and click ‘wind direction’. This will display the lavender map at the top of this post.
To get rid of the wind direction overlay, open the Filter menu again and select ‘None’.
If you’re looking at the VicEmergency app on your phone, you have to tap your watch zone first. Once it opens, the Filter option is located up the top on the right-hand side of the screen [next to the ?].
Tap Filter and select the option for wind direction as for the website.
Given how dry and horrible this Spring has been, I think I’ll be keeping that wind direction overlay on at all times.
October 15th, 2018 at 6:09 am
YOU stay safe, Meeks! HUGS!
October 15th, 2018 at 2:16 pm
Thanks, Marian. -hugs back-
October 12th, 2018 at 12:47 pm
Summers are becoming the season of Dread all across the globe these days. 😦 … interesting times, indeed.
October 13th, 2018 at 9:25 am
Yeah, all through /our/ winter I watched the news about the fires in the northern hemisphere and worried. We seem to get what you’ve had about 6 months later.
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October 11th, 2018 at 5:11 pm
Drought, wind, fire…sounds like a dangerous cocktail! Hope you stay safe. 🙂
October 11th, 2018 at 9:32 pm
Yeah, it can be fun at times.
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October 11th, 2018 at 9:10 am
Looking out my bedroom window it looks still, which is so nice, because we seem to have had so much wind this year. I hope the wind drops for Summer, because we are in for a dangerous fire season. And it’s the unpredictability of wind in fire that is of underlying concern. That wind direction overlay looks like a great tool for this reason.
October 11th, 2018 at 9:19 am
Hi Anne. 🙂 You’re absolutely right about the wind and how unpredictable it can be. It’s going to be a scary fire season.